It’s national wallpaper week and to celebrate all that is fabulous in the world of papery wall coverings, we’ve given our dining room a makeover. I’ve mulled over the idea of a feature wall for sometime and finally found the perfect design which would compliment our subtle grey and white colour scheme which runs throughout the whole of our downstairs living space.
Being a middle room, I was nervous about a bold pattern swallowing up any available light so really we needed something with a slight shimmer to reflect the light in without looking too ‘bedroom glitzy’. Next on our list of requirements was something which would bring the outside in and not date too quick. As much as I love the modern geometric patterns, I didn’t want to be redecorating again too soon.
We’d lived with plain walls for 2 years, using a wall sticker as the features along with our multipurpose and utterly family friendly slate top table and an up cycled Welsh dresser. It was time however to have a jiggle around and introduce something new into the mix.
After what seemed like weeks trawling through wallpapers and lots umming and arhhing Daz had the final say when he spotted this beautiful forest print called Mirage by Graham and Brown. It pulled together all the neutral tones in the rooms and gave a really fresh modern slant to our traditional decor. We’ve long been admiring the forest print feature walls in Centre Parcs and would love to be that brave but it was much too dark, this however was just perfect.
It took all of 4 hours to go from dull to amazing and while Daz put his diy skills to the test on a sunny Sunday morning, I did what I do best and hit the (virtual) shops. I swapped the brown shade on the floor lamp for a funky yellow and white one from John Lewis which brought in an accent colour which was also on the dining room chairs and replaced the bright bunting (sorry mum, your handiwork didn’t stand up to the grabby hands of the Toddler!) with a one made up of greys, muted blues and white. Sticking to the three colour rule of grey and yellow with accents of green, I argued that the muted blues were a subtle off shot of greys. Beside rules are meant to be broken, right?
I’ve kept the wall sticker and I still love the words and it’s a good reminder to the boys on some important values in life. I’m sure they could chant it by now but I’m a firm believer in the power of suggestion and so it’s staying for the forseeable future.
Moving the table and dresser around has also given us a huge amount of space which frees up lots of room for skateboarding practice, Apparently.
We were challenged to create a feature wall as part of National Wall Paper Week, all words and images are my own.